Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Spontaneous Weekend

This past weekend was a pretty random one but very fun.  Back when we were in Vegas Ryan & I sat through a time share presentation just so we could get better rates on our room and also get a free night voucher.  (So not worth it by the way!)  Long story short, our free night voucher was about to expire and we still hadn't used it.  And I'll be darned if I wasn't going to use it after sitting through over 2 hours of a time share presentation!!

All that to say, at the last minute we booked a hotel room this past Friday night at the Hilton President in downtown Kansas City (a boutique hotel).  We never spend a lot of time in downtown KC so we thought this would give us the excuse to explore and have fun checking things out.  Even though I grew up in KC I never spent much time down there, and I was excited to explore as an adult.  It doesn't seem as scary now.  :)  Plus, they have really been remodeling and updating it with some really cool architectural buildings and such.

I totally forgot to take pictures of the outside of the hotel but if you click this link here it will show you some more pictures.
The lobby, this picture doesn't do it justice.  It was a really fun place to stay and within walking distance to everything we wanted to see.

I always have to include pictures of our room and the bathroom!

Of course we slept in as late as we could on Saturday in this thing.

Lots of room

After checking out our digs we decided to kill sometime before our dinner reservations and check out the city.  It was pretty chilly out so we briskly walked to just a few places. 
One of Ryan's favorites the Sprint Center, where he will be spending all his time during the Big 12 Championship games.

He's excited.

We were in the Power & Light District of downtown.  This place didn't even exist when I was in high school!  I can't believe how much has changed since then.  I'm feeling old...

I've always thought this building was cool.  It's our city's main news paper company the Kansas City Star.

I didn't actually take any pictures of this because it's so huge but this is our new performing arts center calle the Kauffman Center.

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Isn't it gorgeous?? I really want to see a performance there someday soon!

Then we went by the AMC theater to buy our tickets for the night.  This was hands down the nicest theater I've been too!  Just check out the entryway ceiling! 
They have balconies, dinner and even vibrating seats. Ha!

After all that walking around we worked up an appetite and was looking forward to eating at Kobe Japanese Steakhouse.  I haven't eaten at one of those in... I can't even remember!
Ryan & I

Our chief and the random guy across from us.

The flaming onion is always my favorite part.

Afterwards we took another short stroll before heading to our movie.  We wanted to see the movie Safe House but it was sold out, and we ended up seeing This Means War which was actually really good!  I would recommend it.  Then we walked back to our hotel and crashed.

The next day after sleeping in we ventured over to the Plaza for a little bit of shopping, then headed over to Westport to see Ryan's sister and her husband and saw the end of the very sad K-State game.  THEN, we went up north to watch the first half of the MU vs KU game with my family.  It was also a celebration for my cousin's husband's college graduation.  It was a lot of fun seeing everybody. 
I couldn't quiet get everyone in one pic.  Oh well.

I of course had to snap this photo of sweetie pie, Liam, in his little MU jersey.  So cute!

And that was just half of our weekend!! :)  I love that it was completely random and something we wouldn't normally do on our own.  I needed a little something fun to spark up this drury winter (even though it hasn't been that cold).


  1. Thanks for the tour of our city! The pictures are great. And that bed looks sooo comfy! Did they do the "choo choo train" with the onion at the steakhouse? :)

  2. Rob and I were at that theater the same time as you then I think. We attended the best picture showcase marathon which was from 11am Sat to around 8:30am Sun. Lots of fun movies!

  3. What a beautiful hotel and fun idea! I love little weekend getaways with the hubs. Looks like you guys had a blast =)

  4. W and I stayed in that hotel awhile ago and it is just beautiful! Loved the area too and the spacious rooms. Would've been much more fun without a toddler in tow but we still enjoyed it greatly.
    We are doing that time share talk thing in Branson soon so not looking forward to it but figured I could fake contractions and get out quick ;)


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